COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team lost to Southern New Hampshire University, 1-0, on Tuesday at Duffy Field after falling in a shootout, 2-0. The Purple Knights are 7-10 overall and 3-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Penmen improved to 7-9 and 3-8.
Sophomore Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) made eight saves for the Purple Knights to register what is credited as her sixth shutout, as she is tied for eighth in program history in single-season shutouts with the most since 2008. Saint Michael's has seven shutouts this fall, its most in 16 seasons. Junior Melanie Rennie had 10 stops for the Penmen while sophomore Marissa Leger made a defensive save.
The Purple and Gold's first bid came during the 17th minute, as first-year Marieke Algie's (De Bilt, The Netherlands/Utrechts Stedelijk Gymnasium) struck from the top of the arc, as her shot went just left of the bottom corner. During the 18th minute, first-year Hélène Servais dribbled her way down the left side and took a shot, causing Hurley to make a diving save near the left post. In the 22nd minute, first-year Shelagh Fluharty (Fitchburg, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic) sent a right-side cross as junior Morgan Johnston (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) hit a one-timer that resulted in a Rennie save. During the 29th minute, junior Maddie Holt dribbled down the left side as she faced two defenders, beating the first then sending a shot that Hurley kicked away. The Purple and Gold's greatest opportunity in the first stanza came at 31:52 as Algie sent a through pass to send Johnston alone on Rennie, but her point-blank shot was saved.
During the 42nd, 46th, and 54th minutes, Servais struck all three times as Hurley denied each shot. In the 57th minute, senior Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) sent a left-side cross from the left post as sophomore Nell Criscione (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) connected right in front of the goal line with Rennie denying the attempt. Junior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) slammed a shot at 57:11 from the right side as Rennie kicked it away to center with her defense clearing it. The Purple Knights denied three Penmen penalty corner attempts with no time on the clock at the end of the second stanza to cause overtime, blocking two shots.
In the first overtime, Dobecki hit back-to-back attempts that were saved within the 71st minute before Hurley faced an attempt by an open Holt, with Hurley making a pad save at 79:23. After a scoreless first overtime, Servais's bid at 86:16 was denied by a Hurley pad save. In the 87th minute, Johnston went five-hole as Rennie challenged her at the top of the circle, but Leger slid fully extended toward the goal line to clear the ball before it crossed as the game-winning goal.
As neither team was able to capitalize in regulation or overtime, the contest went to a shootout. Both teams missed their first two attempts before sophomore Alison Hildreth scored on the Penmen's third try despite Hurley initially getting a stick on it. After the first four Purple Knights missed, senior Erin Frost scored in similar fashion to Hildreth to clinch her team's victory.
The Purple Knights travel to No. 8 Pace University for their final game of the season on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Setters are ranked by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).